Southwest

This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 2/12/2016

Waterfowl numbers

We estimate 10,000 to 20,000 ducks on the Area.   Mostly mallard and pintail.   Total goose numbers are estimated to be 25,000 to 50,000 now on the Area. However, duck and goose numbers vary greatly day to day.

Mallard Migration Rank: 9 (subjective estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest).

Water level Pools 1A, 1B and 1C each are at 12.5 inches. Pool 2 is near 13.5 inches, Pools 3A is about 7 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped rain water, 4A is about 10 inches, 4B is near 13.5 inches and Pool 5 has only trapped water. 
Hunting conditions We are currently 5 to 10% ice covered. We will likely open up some more this week. Cattail have expanded in area.  Pool 3B will likely remain dry through the winter to allow for cattail control work this winter and next spring.  Pool 3A will be managed as a primitive hunting pool and closed to motorized watercraft.  
Expected hunting success For the period February 6 through 11 goose hunters averaged about 1.5 goose per hunt. Duck season is closed on Cheyenne Bottoms. This information is gathered from the Daily Hunt Permits provided by hunters using the card system and iSportsman.
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

 KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 2/5/2016

Waterfowl numbers No geese observed 2/4.  50% ice covered.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 is approximately 50% full.  The main lake is full and consists of open water (approx. 4-5 feet deep) with vegetation along the edges. The pool south of the main lake has some water, and the pool to the east of that is nearly full. 
Hunting conditions Regular duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 23-31, 2016.
Expected hunting success 50% ice covered.
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1.  Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2.  Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN 2015-2016.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/30/2015

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 12/30.  100% ice covered
Water level Pool 1 is full with mowed and disced openings.  Pool 2 is full with thick vegetation.  Pool 3B is full.  Pool 3D is full.  Pools 4, 5, 6, and 7 are full.  Pool 8 is nearly dry.  There is also water north and west of pool 6.  Pool 9 is full.
Hunting conditions Regular duck season is Oct. 10 - Dec. 6, 2015 and Dec. 19, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016.
Expected hunting success 100% ice covered.
Comments

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1.  Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2.  Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME OF THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.